Mariana Sardo got her Licenciatura degree in Physics and Chemistry for teaching (2005) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (2009) from the Univ. of Aveiro. During her Ph.D. she worked with Raman spectroscopy, studying weak intermolecular interactions in functional materials, pharmaceutics and inclusion compounds under the supervision of Prof. P. Ribeiro-Claro.
In 2010 she moved to the group of B. Meier - ETH, Zurich to develop solid-state NMR studies in microcrystalline proteins (14 months), followed by a post-doc with Prof. J. Rocha and Dr. L. Mafra at CICECO - University of Aveiro, more focused on the applications of high-resolution solid-state NMR methods to small pharmaceutical molecules and inorganic/hybrid materials (6 years).
She is currently an assistant researcher at CICECO - University of Aveiro where she continues to strengthen her expertise on the use of solid-state NMR for the characterisation of pharmaceutical systems and porous materials. In particular, the main topics of research involve the application of high-resolution multinuclear and multidimensional NMR spectroscopy towards the study of: (i) gas-solid interactions in modified porous solid sorbents with potential for gas sorption; (ii) packing interactions in small molecules, namely micro-crystalline proteins and pharmaceutical systems; (iii) drug-drug and drug-host interactions of molecular scaffolds as drug delivery systems; (iv) acid sites in micro and mesoporous systems relevant to heterogeneous catalysis.